Thursday, July 22, 2010

ID Live on EdTechTalk on July 23

This week's ID Live (Friday at noon eastern) looks like a juicy one!

If you're around (and not on vacation like myself), be sure to join in for a conversation following up on a recent thread on WCET regarding research that contradicts the DOE study’s findings on Evidence Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-analysis.

Shanna Smith Jaggar will be the guest to discuss the research and controversy.

Join the conversation, Friday at noon eastern at EdTechTalk.


About Instructional Design Live:

A weekly online talk show, Instructional Design Live is based around Instructional Design related topics and is opportunity for Instructional Designers and professionals engaged in similar work to discuss effective online teaching and learning practices.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Reading Update

I had fancy notions as I went into my vacation to do some ID-related reading.

All I've managed to read so far is a Mary Higgins Clark who-dunnit that I found at the beach house and now I've started in on a John Grisham novel.

Oh well. Some times the mind needs to contract a bit...

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Closer Look at the Data: The Gender Pay Gap in e-Learning

Temple Smolen, writing in Learning Solutions Magazine, has done a thoughtful dive into the data to look more at The Gender Pay Gap in e-Learning (a rant we started when we first read the eLearning Guild's 2010 Salary Report!)

The gap is real. So what's a woman to do? Smolen says we in the e-Learning biz are "the epitome of change catalysts." Her suggestion:

Use the examples in the last section of the 2010 Salary and Compensation Report to calculate the fair “average” salary for yourself or your employees without gender as a variable. If you already enjoy fair or above average compensation without a gender bias, then congratulate yourself. If not, chart a course to enact a small change for you or your team.
She then suggests a few ways to go on and seek that change, but I won't be a spoiler. Go read the article.

Many thanks to Temple Smolen for continuing this conversation!

Friday, July 09, 2010

Beachward Bound

I'll be slipping out of this stream for a while and dipping my toes into the Atlantic for a bit.

See you soon!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Crowdsourcing: Authoring Tools & LMS Questions

I'm talking to an in house learning team as they work on developing a strategy around eLearning -- including authoring tools and LMS selection.

They've posed some questions to me that I was hoping to get your input on -- wisdom of the crowd and all that:

  • What should we look out for when selecting a tool to do simulation development or quizzing/evaluation?
  • Do we need a full-blown authoring tool like Lectora or Outstart if we already have something like Captivate?
  • What developments in elearning are becoming commonplace and how can we factor them into our tools selection?
  • What do your clients (or others in the biz) say they wish they’d done differently when they committed to an LMS and in-house development of elearning?
Leave your ideas in comments or feel free to email me directly cammybean @ gmail


My Summer ID Reading List

I have big plans for my summer reading. If I can get to one or two books on this list I'll feel like a hero.

My Summer Reading List

What are you hoping to read this summer?